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What Would You Improve in Kennesaw in 2013?

If you could make a New Year's resolution for Kennesaw, what would it be?

More than 45 percent of Americans make a resolution every year, according to statisticbrain.com. Some people vow to live a healthier lifestyle, others promise to spend more time with family, and many say they will try to save money.

As millions of Americans make resolutions to improve their lives, what could we do right here in Kennesaw to make it an even better place to live?

What is on Kennesaw's wish list? What is one thing you would improve in 2013?

Tell us in the comment section below or upload a Local Voices blog about why you love living here.

Shelly Browne December 31, 2012 at 02:29 PM
First off, what I love about Kennesaw is that it truly is a small town, even though we are in a larger city area. And having our identity, and taking care of our own residents, as well as interacting with the greater surrounding area. I'd like to see Kennesaw expand community gardens and make growing food a priority so our residents know how to grow and preserve food, and have more to share with those who are hungry. I'm working to start a food pantry garden at our church, Cobb Vineyard, planting food to share.
Denice Eads December 31, 2012 at 08:11 PM
I love Kennesaw! I would add public pools !
John Himot January 01, 2013 at 02:50 AM
Kennesaw is a great town not as small as it used to be but I still Love it. Now to what I would change. A change of some of our city leaders would be a good first step and you know who you are. Little hint Cris has shown to be a good leader as has Tim K. but a few of you need to go to include our Mayor.
John Himot January 01, 2013 at 02:51 AM
Great idea Shelly hope it happens for you and our town.
John Himot January 01, 2013 at 02:52 AM
Just say no to public pools they are a drain on our tax $$$$$ , we need more walking parks with trees and places to reflect.
Linda Ludwik January 01, 2013 at 07:04 PM
First of all, I think we have a great Mayor. I don't like all the smoke shops and hookah lounges that have opened up all over town. I think there needs to be someone keeping an eye on these and stop more from opening up. Cherokee St. will end up like any other college party strip. Let's not see our lovely town become a college party town.
Joe Bozeman January 05, 2013 at 03:49 PM
Shelly, Great comment. I can see that your heart and mind are in the right place. Think of how much food could be raised on the 40,000 sq feet of land in Swift Cantrell Park that will soon be paved over for a skatepark. Keep up your good work.
Joe Bozeman January 05, 2013 at 06:59 PM
Linda, I am considered a relic and a grumpy old man by many in Kennesaw, but I don't know what a hookah lounge is. It doesn't sound very appealing to me, but if you think they are not good for our town, I suggest you express your views to the Mayor and council and ask them not to approve business licenses for hookah lounges. Good luck though, they approved a variance for a massage parlor in the middle of town right next to the Kennesaw Museum.
Bill January 06, 2013 at 10:52 PM
Speaking of what is 'approved' by the City of Kennesaw, we are also going into the hamburger business on Main Street. Easy walking distance from City Hall. Here is what the MDJ had to say about this in a Dec. 17th article they said in part that the City of Kennesaw: "approved its consent agenda 4-0, which included loaning $300,000 to the Kennesaw Development Authority at 1.5 percent for 10 years to lease and develop David W. Collier’s Trackside property at 2844 S. Main St. The authority will rent the property from Collier and sublet it at $3,000 a month to Michael Diamond of Sandy Springs-based Main Street Burger for a location of the all-natural BurgerFi franchise. According to city documents, Diamond will invest at least $250,000 in interior work, furniture, fixtures and equipment, provide another $150,000 in operating capital, and create 25 to 35 jobs." So now we are investing our tax money in an expensive for profit hamburger business. Lets hope it dosen't go kaput and leave us holding the bag (or bun). Perhaps the City employees will at least get a 10% discount for using our tax money to finance this business. Some residents and taxpayers may wish to share their opinions with the City administration on committing tax dollars for use by private profit making businesses. For additional information on this chain see the BurgerFI site at: http://www.burgerfi.com/ and the facebook site at: https://www.facebook.com/BurgerFi
Holly Lacour February 09, 2013 at 04:09 AM
Bill- I attempted to rent 2844 S Main St from Mr. Collier in 2011. My business partner and I wanted to bring an art based business that would partner with the Art Dept at KSU. We were given the run around by Mr. Collier, until her finally let us know he wasn't interested in renting to us. Now I see why. Mr. Collier owns a good bit of vacant property in downtown Kennesaw and at this point I'm convinced he is only interested in making money by selling/leasing his property at premium price to the city of Kennesaw.

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